• Discounts and special offers
  • Subscriber-only articles and interviews
  • Breaking news and trending topics

Already a subscriber?

By signing up, you accept Moneywise's Terms of Use, Subscription Agreement, and Privacy Policy.

Not interested ?

How much are fast food workers getting paid?

Fast-food restaurant wages vary depending on the chain and the state. Recently, California increased the minimum wage for fast food workers from $16 to $20 an hour, a 25% increase. This only applies to chain restaurants with at least 60 establishments across the U.S.

Domino’s, where Corynne works, falls into this category. The pizza chain has 6,854 stores in the U.S., which includes 6,566 franchise stores.

Corynne doesn’t mention where she lives and doesn't disclose her hourly wage. She does say she delivers pizza, and delivery drivers at Domino’s earn an average of $17.91 an hour in the U.S., according to an estimate from Indeed based on over 13,000 employee salaries.

Corynne’s salary at NBC would depend on whether she was full-time or freelance. According to Indeed, the average hourly pay for video editors at NBC is $37.24 with a low of $26.35, but this is based on limited data.

Discover the power of FreeCash – your ticket to easy money

Dive into a world of rewards at FreeCash where earning cash is as simple as a click. No gimmicks, just real cash for your time. Join the community of earners today and watch your wallet grow effortlessly.

Make Money Now

Are these salaries better than office jobs?

Many of the over 2,200 comments on Corynne’s video are about wanting to work at stores and restaurants over office jobs that require degrees.

Corynne mentioned those in leadership positions at her old NBC job were “bullies,” and workplace culture did appear to factor into some of these comments.

“Me leaving Dentistry field for. Home Depot less stress and 2 dollar raise,” said one commenter named Rin.

Another with handle @ox_ash.cash_xo wrote that she works as a Certified Medical Assistant for $21 an hour while “here everyone is less stressed making more at like In-N-Out down the road.”

Some believe an eight-hour shift at Domino’s tends to be less stressful than something like a cameraman job. Plus, when you clock out, you can leave work at work, pointed out one commenter named Chyna.

Many younger people are leaning toward a “soft life” and descending the corporate ladder to prioritize their lives and mental health over their work and making money.

What does this mean for the economy?

There’s been an uproar from fast food franchise owners and some business experts about the minimum wage hike in California. They argue it will lead to job losses for workers and higher prices for consumers.

Fox Business reported that Domino's CFO, Sandeep Reddy, echoed this in a February earnings call. Reddy let investors know that the chain will see a "modest price increase" across the country, with higher increases in California to “offset” the wage hike.

But fast food restaurants have been increasing prices greatly in the past decade, without the pressure of a 25% wage increase. McDonald’s menu prices doubled across popular items since 2014 — outpacing the 31% rate of inflation during that time, according to a recent analysis by personal finance website FinanceBuzz.

The $20 minimum wage in California still doesn't amount to much, totalling $41,600 per year, before taxes. In sharp contrast, Domino CEO Russell Weiner raked in total compensation of $10.1 million in 2023.

NPR reported that many fast food workers live below the poverty line. The California wage increase will hopefully provide them and their families with some relief.

Sponsored

Follow These Steps Once Your Portfolio Reaches $100K

If you've amassed a $100k+ portfolio, it's time to meet with a trusted advisor.Zoe Financial's elite network of fiduciary advisors offers personalized strategies to enhance your financial success. Experience exclusive investment opportunities and bespoke wealth management services. Trust Zoe Financial for unparalleled expertise and a commitment to your prosperity.

Sabina Wex is a writer and podcast producer in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Business Insider, Fast Company, CBC and more.

Disclaimer

The content provided on Moneywise is information to help users become financially literate. It is neither tax nor legal advice, is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. Tax, investment and all other decisions should be made, as appropriate, only with guidance from a qualified professional. We make no representation or warranty of any kind, either express or implied, with respect to the data provided, the timeliness thereof, the results to be obtained by the use thereof or any other matter.